NYS AG Moves to Join Lawsuit Accusing Chester of Violating Fair Housing Act

Agudath Israel of America applauds New York State Attorney General Letitia James for filing a motion to intervene in the ongoing lawsuit between a group of developers and Orange County and the Town of Chester. The developers’ complaint, filed last July, alleges that county and town officials have been trying to thwart their project in order to prevent an influx of Hasidic residents. 

The complaint contains various local residents’ statements, as well as links to video clips made at public meetings reflecting fierce opposition to these projects. By reviewing the material and then joining this lawsuit, Attorney General James has made clear that there is no room for discrimination against Hasidic Jews in New York State and that she is willing to use the powers of her office to enforce that conviction. 

Agudath Israel has a long and proud history of fighting zoning and religious discrimination, something that is at the highest level of the organization’s priorities. It has had several conversations on the issue with the Attorney General, beginning even before she assumed her current position. 

Agudath Israel’s executive vice president, Rabbi David Zwiebel, expressed the group’s hope that both sides can come together with an amicable agreement to allow the proposed project to go forward and provide desperately needed housing to a growing community.